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I'm trying to change xkb settings in this file: /usr/share/X11/xkb/keycodes/evdev. Specifically, I tried this:

    // <AB08> = 59;
    // <AB09> = 60;
    // <HOME> = 110;
    // <END> = 115;

    <HOME> = 59;
    <END> = 60;

    <AB08> = 59;
    <AB09> = 60;

(I tried all three combinations, i.e. map all of them to 110/115 or map home=59, end=60, comma=110, end=115). In neither case I can get both . to print dot and End to print dot.

The commented combination is the original values.

I'll admit, I don't understand how this mapping works. I thought I did, but now it doesn't make any sense any more.


In case, what I'm asking for wasn't clear: I don't need Home and End (I'm using Emacs, and the functionality of these keys is implemented differently), but on my keyboard these keys are in the premium space, so I would really like to use them for something I use a lot: comma and dot (which on my keyboard are difficult to press).

  • Did you edit a file in /usr/lib/X11/xkb? Then you may try to edit /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/pc also. key <HOME> {[ comma, less, horizconnector, multiply]}; – Andra Feb 12 at 18:08
  • @Andra hm, I'll try. I'd still like to know why the straight-forward approach didn't work. – wvxvw Feb 13 at 10:33
  • As fas as I understand, you shouldn't edit those files but, instead, load your hidden partial alphanumeric_keys xkb_symbols remapping. I can't help further. – Andra Feb 13 at 12:40
  • For myself, I would do it using xmodmap. – Andra Feb 13 at 12:40
  • @Andra a bit of caution about xmodmap: it's terribly slow on Arch. I.e. I need to hold the remapped keys for ~5 seconds until it takes effect. Have no idea why. – wvxvw Feb 13 at 12:51

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